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Katherine Leigh Ritchie (born 14 August 1978[1]) is an Australian television actress and radio personality best known for her long-running role as Sally Fletcher
Sally Fletcher
on the television soap opera Home and Away, for which she won two Gold Logie
Gold Logie
awards. She played the character for 20 years from 1988–2008. Prior to her retirement from the role, she shared with fellow original cast members Ray Meagher and Norman Coburn the record (recognised by Guinness World Records) for the longest continuous role in an Australian drama series.[2] After a five-year absence, Ritchie returned to Home and Away
Home and Away
in 2013 for a short reprise of her role as Sally Fletcher
Sally Fletcher
to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the series.[3] In addition to 20 years on Home and Away, Ritchie has also hosted various television events and appeared in commercials, a mini-series and an Australian film. She has also been involved with the Campbelltown Musical Society.[4] She is now known best as part of the Kate, Tim and Marty radio team. They dominate the drive home radio time slot radio show Kate, Tim & Marty on Nova. Kate brings a lot to the show but is best known for her competivive streak, playing games on the show such as Quickdraw against guest celebs and The Age Game. The Kate, Tim and Marty Show has won three major ACRA awards. In 2015 the team won Best Networked Program at the Australian Commercial Radio Awards. They were then named the Best On Air team in 2016 and again in 2017.

Kate Ritchie
Kate Ritchie
at the InStyle Award

Kate Ritchie
Kate Ritchie
in 2013

Ritchie in 2007

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 1986–2007 2.2 2008–present

3 Personal life 4 Filmography 5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Ritchie was born as Katherine Leigh Ritchie. Her parents are Heather and Steve, and she has three younger siblings, Rebecca, Stuart and Susan.[5] Ritchie attended Campbelltown North Public School and Hurlstone Agricultural High School
Hurlstone Agricultural High School
– the latter a New South Wales agricultural and selective school.[6] Career[edit] 1986–2007[edit] Ritchie was cast as Molly, the child lead in the 1986 Nine Network–PBL mini-series Cyclone Tracy, starring Chris Haywood
Chris Haywood
and Tracy Mann.[7] She started working with Home and Away
Home and Away
in 1987, at age 8. Production began in July 1987 (shortly before her ninth birthday) and it premiered on the Seven Network
Seven Network
on 17 January 1988.[citation needed] In 2006, Ritchie played "Nicole" in the ABC film Stepfather of the Bride.[8] Whilst promoting Home and Away
Home and Away
in the United Kingdom in 2006 with Mark Furze
Mark Furze
and Jodi Gordon, Ritchie appeared on The Friday Night Project and Loose Women, and appeared on interviews for Five and Five Life.[citation needed] In 2006, Ritchie was a contestant on the celebrity singing competition It Takes Two, partnered with Troy Cassar-Daley. The pair placed fourth in the competition.[9] She co-hosted the second series of It Takes Two with Grant Denyer
Grant Denyer
in 2007.[10] In 2007 Ritchie joined Nova radio to co-host the drive show with comedian Akmal Saleh, replacing Matthew Newton.[11] She was replaced in May by New Zealand comedian Cal Wilson.[12] In September 2007, Ritchie announced that she would be leaving Home and Away in mid-December.[13] Her final scenes were filmed on 13 December 2007,[14] and she last appeared on Australian screens as Sally Fletcher
Sally Fletcher
on 3 April 2008. Her UK demise with the same episode occurred not long after the Australian, with her departure being screened on UK terrestrial television on 12 May 2008.[15] 2008–present[edit] On 14 January 2008, Ritchie began work on the Nova 91.9 breakfast show with Merrick & Rosso.[16] Shortly after the 2008 Logie Awards Ritchie did an interview with Rove McManus
Rove McManus
on Network Ten, her first interview with another network since leaving Home and Away, and her first television appearance since leaving the show. On 16 October Ritchie appeared on pay-TV, on The Merrick & Rosso Show. In November, it was revealed that Ritchie would appear in the second series of Underbelly, as Judi Kane, the wife of slain 1970s standover man Les Kane.[17] The series screened in 2009. This was her first TV drama role since leaving Home and Away. Throughout 2009, Ritchie continued her radio role on the Merrick & Rosso and Kate Ritchie Show. In 2009 Ritchie became the face of Vaseline.[18] It was announced on 7 November 2009 that Ritchie would host the 2009 ARIA Awards on 26 November, alongside actor and fellow Underbelly cast member Gyton Grantley.[citation needed] On 10 November 2009, Ritchie announced she would be leaving Nova 96.9's breakfast team and returning to acting.[19] In January 2010 it was announced that Ritchie had been cast with a lead role in Nine's new police drama Cops L.A.C.
Cops L.A.C.
The series did not rate well and was cancelled after the season finale. In 2012, Ritchie narrated the Australian version of the reality series Don't Tell the Bride, which aired on Ch-10. In early 2013, it was announced that Ritchie was returning to Home & Away, reprising her role as Sally Fletcher.[20][21] In 2013, Ritchie announced via Twitter that she would be hosting the Nova FM drive show with Tim Blackwell and Marty Sheargold in 2014,[22] following the departure of Meshel Laurie, who went on to host Breakfast on Nova 100 in Melbourne. On 25 November 2015, Ritchie became the Godmother of the Cruise liner Pacific Eden, which is from the P&O Fleet. In 2016 Ritchie released a children's book illustrated by Hannah Sommerville called I Just Couldn't Wait To Meet You. In June 2016 Ritchie was announced as the brand ambassador for QV Skincare.[23] Ritchie will host the retrospective 50th anniversary of Play School in July 2016. Personal life[edit] Ritchie started dating St George Illawara Dragons player Stuart Webb in 2008.[citation needed] On 9 September 2009, it was announced that they were engaged.[24] On 25 September 2010 Ritchie married Webb in a countryside outdoor wedding at Quamby Estate [25] in Tasmania.[22] Shortly after her wedding, the weekly magazine Woman's Day ran what it claimed to be an exclusive cover story on the event. ABC-TV's Media Watch revealed that the article had been a fabrication, as in reality, Ritchie and Webb had wanted their wedding to be kept private and had not allowed any media to attend. A photograph purporting to be of Ritchie in her wedding dress was actually one taken of her at an awards evening earlier that year and photo-shopped over an image taken from the wedding venue's website. The article, which the magazine claimed to have been written by an insider who attended the wedding, was mostly fabricated, containing errors including a mention that actor and Ritchie's Home & Away co-star Ray Meagher was present whereas in reality, the actor was in the UK at the time doing panto.[26][27] In March 2014, Ritchie announced that she was pregnant with her first child.[22] On 17 August 2014, Kate gave birth to daughter, Mae Webb.[28] Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1986 Cyclone Tracy Molly TV mini-series

1988—2008, 2013 Home and Away Sally Fletcher Pilot episode, Seasons 1–21 (main role) • Season 26 (recurring role) Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress (2006—2008) Gold Logie
Gold Logie
for Most Popular Personality (2007—2008) Nominated— Gold Logie
Gold Logie
for Most Popular Personality (2006, 2009) Nominated—Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress (2009)

2002 The Best of Aussie Drama Host TV documentary

2006 Stepfather of the Bride Nicole TV movie

2006—2007 It Takes Two Herself Contestant (2006) Co-host (2007)

2007 Mere Oblivion Sonia Short film

2007—2009 Carols in the Domain Co-host Co-hosted annually with Grant Denyer
Grant Denyer
for 3 years

2009 Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities Judi Kane TV series 2 episodes Nominated—Australian Film Institute Award for Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama

2009 The 23rd Annual ARIA Music Awards Co-host Co-hosted with Gyton Grantley

2010—2011 Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation Contestant / Surprise Guest 2 episodes

2010 Cops L.A.C. Samantha Cooper TV series 13 episodes

2012 Don't Tell The Bride Narrator Reality TV series

2013 Mr & Mrs Murder Celeste TV series

2013 It's A Date Zara TV series 1 episode

References[edit]

^ Kate Ritchie
Kate Ritchie
official biography, Meet the Cast, Seven Network ^ Yeaman, Simon, "Kate and Bay belong together", The Advertiser, 2 July 2005 ^ " Kate Ritchie
Kate Ritchie
reveals TV plans as she returns screen for Play School's 50-year special]".  ^ "Accolade for our 'iconic' Ritchie", Macarthur Chronicle, 16 May 2006 ^ "Star Watch – Kate Ritchie". Herald Sun. 29 October 2005.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ "Briefly – Kate gonged". Macarthur Chronicle (Sydney, Australia). 9 May 2006.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ "Cyclone Tracy". IMDB. Retrieved 1 August 2008.  ^ Home sweet home, Sunday Mail, 21 January 2007 ^ "Days just keep getting brighter", Hobart Mercury, 9 November 2006 ^ "It takes two and Kate's happy", The Daily Telegraph, 25 April 2007 ^ Mitchell, Glenn, "Kate Ritchie's taken over", Herald Sun, 25 January 2007 ^ Javes, Sue (6 August 2007). "Fourth time lucky – Radio". Sydney Morning Herald.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ " Kate Ritchie
Kate Ritchie
quits Home And Away". 26 September 2007. Archived from the original on 28 October 2007.  ^ "Final scene for Kate after 20 years at Home". Daily Telegraph. 14 December 2007.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ "Kate's summer comes to an end". The Advertiser. 3 April 2008.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ "New voices in on-air battle". Daily Telegraph. 15 January 2008.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ Clune, Richard (16 November 2008). "Kate's bold return to TV". Sunday Herald Sun.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ "Kate goes from soap to Vaseline
Vaseline
News and Gossip Home and Away". Holy Soap. Archived from the original on 7 August 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2010.  ^ "Breakfast radio shake-up as Merrick, Rosso split". news.com.au. 10 November 2009. Retrieved 10 November 2009.  ^ "Kate Ritchie's Sally Fletcher
Sally Fletcher
returns to shooting in Summer Bay for Channel 7's Home and Away". The Daily Telegraph. 26 February 2013.  ^ " Kate Ritchie
Kate Ritchie
returns Home for soap's anniversary". The Sydney Morning Herald.  ^ a b c "House-hunting for their growing family!". Daily Mail. Associated Newspaper Ltd. 21 April 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014.  ^ "She's the perfect poster girl! Kate Ritchie
Kate Ritchie
shows off her gorgeous and glowing complexion as she attends event for skincare line". The Daily Mail.  ^ Rakowski, Ian (9 September 2009). "NRL star Stuart Webb
Stuart Webb
proposes to Kate Ritchie". news.com.au. Retrieved 9 September 2009.  ^ "Woman's Day's fairytale exclusive". 4 October 2010.  ^ "Magazine under fire for faking celebrity wedding story". The New Zealand Herald. 6 October 2010.  ^ http://www.popsugar.com.au/Womans-Day-Fabricated-Most-Kate-Ritchie-Stuart-Webb-Wedding-Cover-Story-11368091 ^ " Kate Ritchie
Kate Ritchie
Welcomes A Baby Girl!". Yahoo7! Who. Yahoo7!. 18 August 2014. Archived from the original on 18 August 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 

External links[edit]

Kate Ritchie
Kate Ritchie
on IMDb

Awards and achievements

Preceded by John Wood for Blue Heelers Gold Logie
Gold Logie
Award Most Popular Personality on Australian Television 2007 – 2008 for Home and Away Succeeded by Rebecca Gibney for Packed to the Rafters

v t e

Gold Logie
Gold Logie
Award for Best Personality on Australian Television

1960s

Graham Kennedy
Graham Kennedy
(1960) Bob Dyer (1961) Lorrae Desmond
Lorrae Desmond
and Tommy Hanlon, Jr. (1962) Michael Charlton (1963) Bobby Limb
Bobby Limb
(1964) Jimmy Hannan (1965) Gordon Chater (1966) Graham Kennedy
Graham Kennedy
and Hazel Phillips (1967) Brian Henderson (1968) Graham Kennedy
Graham Kennedy
(1969)

1970s

Barry Crocker and Maggie Tabberer
Maggie Tabberer
(1970) Gerard Kennedy and Maggie Tabberer
Maggie Tabberer
(1971) Gerard Kennedy (1972) Tony Barber
Tony Barber
(1973) Graham Kennedy
Graham Kennedy
and Pat McDonald (1974) Ernie Sigley and Denise Drysdale
Denise Drysdale
(1975) Norman Gunston and Denise Drysdale
Denise Drysdale
(1976) Don Lane
Don Lane
and Jeanne Little
Jeanne Little
(1977) Graham Kennedy
Graham Kennedy
(1978) Bert Newton
Bert Newton
(1979)

1980s

Mike Walsh (1980) Bert Newton
Bert Newton
(1981) Bert Newton
Bert Newton
(1982) Daryl Somers (1983) Bert Newton
Bert Newton
(1984) Rowena Wallace
Rowena Wallace
(1985) Daryl Somers (1986) Ray Martin (1987) Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue
(1988) Daryl Somers (1989)

1990s

Craig McLachlan (1990) Steve Vizard
Steve Vizard
(1991) Jana Wendt (1992) Ray Martin (1993) Ray Martin (1994) Ray Martin (1995) Ray Martin (1996) Lisa McCune
Lisa McCune
(1997) Lisa McCune
Lisa McCune
(1998) Lisa McCune
Lisa McCune
(1999)

2000s

Lisa McCune
Lisa McCune
(2000) Georgie Parker (2001) Georgie Parker (2002) Rove McManus
Rove McManus
(2003) Rove McManus
Rove McManus
(2004) Rove McManus
Rove McManus
(2005) John Wood (2006) Kate Ritchie
Kate Ritchie
(2007) Kate Ritchie
Kate Ritchie
(2008) Rebecca Gibney
Rebecca Gibney
(2009)

2010s

Ray Meagher (2010) Karl Stefanovic
Karl Stefanovic
(2011) Hamish Blake
Hamish Blake
(2012) Asher Keddie
Asher Keddie
(2013) Scott Cam
Scott Cam
(2014) Carrie Bickmore
Carrie Bickmore
(2015) Waleed Aly
Waleed Aly
(2016) Samuel Johnson (2017)

Logie Awards

v t e

Logie Award
Logie Award
for Best Actress

1970s

Lorraine Bayly
Lorraine Bayly
(1978) Lorraine Bayly
Lorraine Bayly
(1979)

1980s

Paula Duncan (1980) Paula Duncan (1981) Val Lehman (1982) Rowena Wallace
Rowena Wallace
(1983) Rowena Wallace
Rowena Wallace
(1984) Anne Tenney (1985) Anne Tenney (1986) Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue
(1987) Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue
(1988) Annie Jones (1989)

1990s

Rachel Friend (1990) Georgie Parker (1991) Georgie Parker (1992) Georgie Parker (1993) Sonia Todd (1994) Lisa McCune
Lisa McCune
(1995) Lisa McCune
Lisa McCune
(1996) Lisa McCune
Lisa McCune
(1997) Lisa McCune
Lisa McCune
(1998) Lisa McCune
Lisa McCune
(1999)

2000s

Lisa McCune
Lisa McCune
(2000) Georgie Parker (2001) Libby Tanner (2002) Libby Tanner (2003) Lisa Chappell (2004) Bec Cartwright (2005) Kate Ritchie
Kate Ritchie
(2006) Kate Ritchie
Kate Ritchie
(2007) Kate Ritchie
Kate Ritchie
(2008) Rebecca Gibney
Rebecca Gibney
(2009)

2010s

Rebecca Gibney
Rebecca Gibney
(2010) Asher Keddie
Asher Keddie
(2011) Asher Keddie
Asher Keddie
(2012) Asher Keddie
Asher Keddie
(2013) Asher Keddie
Asher Keddie
(2014) Asher Keddie
Asher Keddie
(2015) Jessica Marais
Jessica Marais
(2016)

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